Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2018

Oh, geez. Now all of the shame comes out.

Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday, something I haven’t participated in for a hot minute because life has been over-the-top insane. As always, it’s hosted by Shannah @ Bionic Book Worm and we’re here to judge each other. Harshly.


My Lady Jane – Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

I wanted to read this book. I really did. It’s been sitting on my bedside table for a few months now, with a bookmark at the end of the first chapter. I started it and enjoyed what I was reading so far, before I became so overwhelmed with guilt at not reading any of my thesis books that I had to put it down. I hope to pick it up again in 2019, but we’ll see how life goes. (Just kidding — it should go pretty well, considering that I AM 100% DONE WITH SCHOOL! I’ll have to post an update on that later.)

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Again, this is one that I started and then I didn’t finish. Does that count as “didn’t get to”? I’m calling it, at least. I wanted to read this series – in fact, I even asked for the duology for Christmas and got it (albeit a few days late), and started reading right away. But somewhere around halfway through, I put it down…and haven’t picked it back up again. I really liked it, that’s the problem. Maybe I was so overwhelmed by how good it was that I was afraid the ending wasn’t going to live up to all of the hype I’d been reading about.

The Serpent of Venice – Christopher Moore

I picked this one up maybe two years ago now off a take table in the English building. I found it was signed shortly thereafter and was even more excited about it. Plus, who doesn’t like satire takes on Shakespeare? I’m all for it! And yet, this book has sat on my shelf for over two years, just taking up space. Will I ever read it? Only time will tell. I will say I like the blue print.

Sycamore – Bryn Chancellor

Again on the SHAME LIST. I preordered this the moment my professor announced it and got it on release day, and while I’ve attempted to start it again and again, I haven’t been able to get through it. It makes me really upset, because Dr. Chancellor was one of my favorite professors at Montevallo. I want to read her writing, but I keep getting interrupted. Maybe 2019 will be the year I finally sit down and read the whole thing in one sitting. That’s the goal, at least.

Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak

I’m sure if you’ve read any of my posts, you know how much I love The Book Thief, Zusak’s favorite book. I preordered Bridge of Clay the second it was announced (I even got the signed edition!), and then it showed up in my mailbox — and I found that I could not care less about reading this book. Honestly, that scares me a little bit. Maybe it’s just the first chapter (where I keep getting stuck), and I just need to go ahead and buckle down and read it. Maybe I’m afraid that it’s not going to live up to The Book Thief (okay, that’s probably my biggest fear). Maybe I’m afraid I spent money on a bum book. But I know I want to finish this book in 2019. It’s probably not going to be the first one I read, but it needs to be high on that list.

So there we are. My SHAME LIST for 2018. I regret to say that Sycamore has been on the shame list for both 2017 and 2018, and I’m hoping to finish it so it doesn’t get on the Shame List for 2019 as well. Time will tell.

Have you read these? Am I right to avoid Bridge of Clay? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.


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